Motto Lotto: Choosing words to live by.
Sometimes it can be a motto lotto when it comes to choosing words to live by. But if you choose the right words, you can gain a rich heritage that sets you on path to righteousness.
I love flicking through those high-end glossy magazines that sells houses and artwork I’d have to sell both of my kidneys to afford.
Towards the back of the magazine are some slick looking adverts for some very swanky, elite English schools. Nice photographs of students in pinstriped trousers and straw hats. Kids who look so cute, you want to take them with you to the nursing home to visit your Grandma.
I always read each schools motto and find it interesting why they choose that particular statement to define who they are.
Like, Et virtutam et muses, which means, ‘the power and inspiration.’ Or, Dat Deus Incrementum, meaning, ‘God gives the increase.’ And my personal favourite, Ex cultu robur, meaning, ‘from culture comes strength.’
Each motto encompasses what the school stands for. A rich heritage of culture and tradition that has been built on over the years.
We too, have a rich heritage. It’s found in Psalm 37.
The Psalm lists seven things in verses 3-8 that we should do if we want access this heritage.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret — it only causes harm.’ Psalm 37:3-8
Trust, dwell, delight, commit, rest, do not fret, cease from anger.
Sounds like a pretty good motto to live by, don’t you think?